BLACK HISTORY MONTH-Community Recognition Awards/Nomination Form


Invitation to Nominate for the 2017 Black History Month Community Recognition Awards
On behalf of the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society (VACCS), we invite you to propose a candidate or candidates for the 2017 Black History Month Community Recognition Awards.
The invitation to nominate comprises the following parts:
1. Information about the award
2. Information about the nomination regulations
3. Nomination form
Black History Month offers a special occasion for highlighting the contribution that Black communities have made by helping lay the foundations for contemporary society.
The award is currently in its fourth year in Victoria, but in its first year in Vancouver. Your nominations are designed to honor distinguished residents of Victoria, Vancouver and surrounding cities. The Awards is designed to honour distinguished residents of Victoria, Vancouver and surrounding cities who are a model for our minorities or who have made significant contributions to the social, political, religious, intellectual, and economic development of blacks in Victoria and Vancouver Island. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate exceptional leadership, which has improved the condition of blacks in Victoria through their field of expertise.
We warmly invite you to take part in the nomination process for the 2017 VACCS Black History Month Recognition Awards.  To recognize this contribution, the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society will award recipients with a Plaque  or badge at a planned reception at Queensborough in Vancouver  February 18, 2017 and in the Auditorium at the Cedar Hill Recreation Center: Victoria, February 25 2017.

2017 Victoria Black History Month Community Recognition Awards

The award
The Victoria Black History Month Recognition Awards was established by the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society in 2013 to celebrate the achievements of the black community in Victoria. Presented annually to three or more recipients, the award can be given to community members, projects, or organizations.
Award recipients are selected by a jury and the decision is based on nominations from individuals and organizations around Vancouver Island, Vancouver and surrounding cities. The jury reserves the right to propose its own nominees. Nobody can apply for the award on their own behalf.
VACCS provides a welcoming environment for people to join in celebrating our African & Caribbean cultural heritage. Our mandate is to provide a cultural zone for positive social interaction and the opportunity to share rich African & Afro centric culture. One of the ways we achieve this is by engaging the whole community as we incorporate crucial parts of our identity in our various events. We do this in the simplest ways such as food, music, clothing, language. The celebration of identity while commemorating an event as important as Black History Month makes it possible for black people and allies in Victoria to identity with our events and get involved.  
We did this in May this year with the hugely successful first African & Caribbean festival which took place in downtown Centennial Square, and other parts of the city. This event was sponsored by the CRD, Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada as well as many other organizations. VACCS also organizes Forum, Symposium, Spirit Night, Culture Days and more

Who is eligible for nominations?
Nominating bodies may propose persons, organisations, institutions or the like that have carried out exceptional work in improving the lives of blacks in Victoria through their field of expertise.  
Only living people are eligible for the award.
1. How many candidates can be nominated?
Each nominating body is entitled to nominate a maximum of four candidates
2. What should a valid nomination comprise?
The nominations form must be completed. The documents to accompany a valid nomination are specified on the nomination form.
3. Assessment of candidates
All candidates have an equal chance, irrespective of the organisation or institution that has nominated them. A candidate’s chances are not dependent on the number of nominations received for the candidate in question.
4. Latest date for nominations
Nominations must reach the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society by November 30, 2016. The jury maintains the right to reject nominations reaching the award office after this date, or which are incomplete or otherwise valid.

Please mail or email nominations to:
Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society
2406 Cedar Hill Road
Victoria, BC, V8T 3G7
Phone: 250-885-0715
Thank you for your support
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Nominator’s Name:

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Please attach a narrative description (200 words or fewer) of the significant aspects of the nominee’s career and/or other activities that demonstrate the nominee’s contribution to the lives of blacks in Victoria,  Vancouver and/or BC



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Victoria African and Caribbean Cultural Society/AfriCaFest

Marketplace Coordinator:
This position will also be responsible for connecting with local beer stores like Crafts interested in sponsoring a beer garden for the festival.

Vendor & Booth . This position will work hard to make sure he or she is able to accommodate the diverse range of businesses, organizations, and crafts people looking to register for a booth.

Marketing and Promotions Coordinator- This position is responsible for making sure the event is well communicated to members of the community so that they’re well aware of the event and come out to show support. With the focus of the event being to create a brand that can be remembered.

Artistic Coordinator - This position is responsible for making sure sure all the required types of acts or the festival are recruited and confirmed.

Volunteer Coordinator - This individual is responsible for recruiting volunteers for the planning team, on-boarding them as well as training them to make sure they’re aware of what their

General Volunteer Roles - we're interested in welcoming anyone looking to volunteer in their own special way as well!

Tour Guides
Stage Management
Community Outreach
Public Relations
Activities Outreach Officers
Promotions Team
Decorations and Design
Cooking team
Hospitality and Accommodation



BHM- World Drum & Dances Festival

Victoria African and Caribbean Cultural Society (VACCS) has chosen the month of February to join all Canadians in celebrating our Nation's 150th Anniversary. In 2017, Black History Month (BHM) will be launched with a spectacular and participatory Drum and Dance Festival called ''BHM Drum & Dance Fest 150''.

February 4th, 2017
BLACK HISTORY MONTH, Drum & Dance Fest Canada 150
Oak Bay High School
2121 Cadboro Road; Victoria, BC
1:00 pm to 8:00 pm

To celebrate Black History Month and mark Canada’s 150th birthday, different cultures including Native Nations will be invited on February 4th to showcase and share with the public drumming and dances from their respective cultures. Unified by the sounds and rhythms of drums and dance, Victoria African & Caribbean Society will bring together many cultures to raise awareness, acknowledge, and celebrate the many achievements and contributions that Canadians of African and Caribbean heritage have made to the building of our great country.

This showcase is not the typical sit-and-watch style event. We will “break the fourth wall” by including performances that involve audience participation. There will be a drumming and dance workshops throughout the day as well as Laughter Yoga, a group sing-along and Canadian Black History quizzes. There will also be an amateur fashion show. Audience members will be invited to bring their traditional clothes and walk the catwalk with our models.

February 18, 2017
Black History Month Community Recognition Awards
Queensborough Community Centre Vancouver
6:30 pm - 12:30 pm

February 25, 2017
Black History Month Community Recognition Awards
Cedar Hill Recreation Center
6:30 pm - 12:30 am

The fourth Annual in Victoria Black History Month Recognition Awards & Closing Gala pays tribute to members of the Black Community who have distinguished themselves in the public, private, and community sectors. Honoring these individuals is also a way to pay them homage and to present them as role models for the youth in the community, but also to emphasize their contribution to BC society at large.

This is a community gathering...no one will be turned away due to lack of money...though we ask that in exchange for entry you provide 3 hrs of your energy to help float..this is a fun way to participate in the gathering and great way to meet the many awesome people that attend...or if you can't help due to other reasons,reduced ticket prices are available and if no money or time due to illness or injury,,,we will find a way for you to be there. please contact us vaccsociety@gmail.com



les-cultures-de-pulAfrican DrummingGet a glimpse into Africa with a drumming workshop on the Saturday of Culture Day weekend, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. offered by the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society (VACCS).
The VACCS was founded in 2012 by Pulchérie Mboussi, who grew up near Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, in West Africa. Speaking both French and Bafia, she immigrated to Canada, living in Quebec City for many years before moving to Victoria in 2010. Pulchérie has been the force behind a number of organizations that celebrate African and Caribbean cultural traditions of art, music, dance, literature and food. She's been a part of La Calabasse du Nomade Monthly Community Dinners, African & Caribbean Spirit Night, African Cultural Week & AfriCaFest, Black History Month, Canadian Citizenship Week, International Women's Day, Fight Against Malaria, and Free Racism Zone Spirit Night (just to name a few!).
The African drumming workshop has been a popular activity offered at previous Culture Days. The event is open to all ages and, of course, drums will be provided. https://culturedaysfreedrumworkshop.eventbrite.ca